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On October 14, SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded SUNY Adirondack with a $2.25 million grant. The funding will be used to assess and bolster the first-year experience for incoming students, expand academic support services, and enhance technology. More for information, see: http://www.sunyacc.edu/news/funding-will-enhance-first-year-experience-expand-remediation-efforts-and-improve-technology  

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Danielle Thomas became our new full-time Library Services Assistant this summer. She work daytimes at the circulation desk and is responsible for processing new books and maintaining course reserves. Danielle has worked at the SUNY Adirondack Library in a variety of roles, advancing from student to professional roles. Danielle worked as a student assistant at the SUNY Adirondack Library since her first semester in Fall 2015. In December 2017, she received her Associate's degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science from SUNY Adirondack. She then was hired as a staff person, as evening Library Specialist. In May, she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. She joined the staff in July. Danielle plans to become a librarian, and ideally would like to work in a college environment.   

Reference Librarian Samantha Berry participated in the PRODiG ( Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth ) Committee for SUNY Adirondack from February to July. Sam offered the unique outlook of a college librarian in the drafting of this profile and proposal. The proposal was accepted. It will provide grant funds to assist the institution with paying the salary of eligible new faculty, as well as in other respects. PRODiG is a system-wide initiative for SUNY-affiliated New York State college campuses to increase success in recruiting and retaining students and faculty of color. The initiative required each SUNY campus to compile and submit a comprehensive profile of themselves, demanding both qualitative and quantitative data ranging from the racial makeup of the college’s service area, to the amount of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-focused professional development opportunities offered for faculty each academic year. The profile accompanied a proposal on how SUNY Adirondack would take its unique makeup into consideration and make strides in the realm of DEI.

Bailey Durham joined the staff as evening Library Specialist in September. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from SUNY Potsdam. She was previously a student worker in SUNY Potsdam’s Crumb Library circulation and interlibrary loan departments for three years. 

- Posted by Joyce Miller

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January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates - Adirondack
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:15:49 PM »
Library assistant Bertha Belanger retired Jan. 11 after 28 years of service. SUNY Adirondack is a family tradition: not only did Bertha graduate from the college, but all six of her children and several grandchildren have attended the college. Her daughter is currently a nursing professor at SUNY Adirondack. We wish Bertha the best as she enjoys life at a more relaxed pace and enjoys time with her family.     

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November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Re: Campus Updates
« on: October 30, 2018, 12:22:44 PM »
Reference librarian Samantha Berry gave a lightning talk presentation at the Inclusive Libraries Conference, hosted by the Rochester Regional Library Council on October 23. Her topic was "Dismantling Whiteness in Higher Education: Academic Libraries on the Front Lines."

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller is serving as co-chair of the Standard III Working Group (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience) for the Middle States Self-study Steering Committee.

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The campus wrapped up new building projects with ribbon-cutting celebrations: 

SUNY Adirondack will open its new Culinary Center at in downtown Glens Falls this fall. The site includes a bake shop, a gluten-free restaurant kitchen, 100-person seating for a student-run restaurant, a liquor license and two standard classrooms for lecture-based courses. “The new space will be designed to educate and train the region’s workforce in the thriving local hospitality industry,” said Matt Bolton, instructor of culinary arts. “SUNY Adirondack has been increasing enrollment in our culinary arts program for the past few years, and I feel this move downtown will mean a boom in enrollment. The new building will allow us to grow the program’s enrollment and modify our degree offerings with unique occupational courses.” The ribbon-cutting for the restaurant, “Seasoned,” will be held on Sept. 26.

After almost almost two years of construction and disruption on campus, the entire Adirondack Hall complex is now open. Last fall, the southern end of this annex to the science building was opened. The rest of the Adirondack Hall complex opened this spring and summer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 7. The original science building was renovated and now includes a 2,400-square-foot nursing simulation lab, as well as classrooms, labs, study rooms, tutoring spaces and offices.The 26,250-square-foot addition includes nine science laboratories, seven laboratory prep rooms, a greenhouse and aquarium, classrooms and seminar spaces. The Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center, located on the north side in a new 13,250-square-foot addition, will encourage community partnerships and be an epicenter for regional business development and entrepreneurship. The large expandable Northwest Bay Conference Center has been home to several campus events, such as a professional development day for faculty, and a student open house and job fair.

Anne Matusiewicz joined the staff this fall as a part-time librarian. Anne received her M.S.I.S. from SUNY Albany in 2015, an M.A. in Medieval Studies in 2004 and a paralegal certificate in 2006. She also works at Schenectady County Community College's Begley Library. In her free time she volunteers at Crailo State Historic Site, does living history, and enjoys crafting and watching cult movies and British television shows.

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Library Division Chair Teresa Ronning will join Mark McBride and Michael Daly for a presentation on OERs at the spring conference of the SUNY Community College Business Officers Association in Saratoga Springs on June 18. 

The SUNY Adirondack Library, in conjunction with the college's Sustainability Committee, will offer an Environmental Film and Discussion Series in 2018-19. Some suggested films from Bullfrog Films:
- How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change
- Symbiotic Earth 
- Sacred Cod
- Death by Design
The schedule will be ready mid-July so faculty can plan assignments around the film topics.  The series will also be open to the community.


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Reference Librarian Emily Barber Moulton is using the The Information Literacy User's Guide (Open SUNY OER) to teach LIB 187: Library Research Methods online.

Over winter break, Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller implemented parts of Springshare's LibCal software, updated LibAnswers to version 2.0 and simplified the design of the library's home page: http://library.sunyacc.edu/home.

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Library Division Chair Teresa Ronning is the lead person for Open Educational Resources at SUNY Adirondack. The library division will adopt parts of the SUNY OER publication The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook in our LIB187 course and update the course name and learning outcomes.

The college is participating in 4DX, Four Disciplines of Execution. The library division is taking part. For the fall semester, we are practicing the process of reporting  "WIG (Wildly Important Goals) sessions" in the 4DX portal. In the spring, our weekly sessions will focus on one Wildly Important Goal. Less than 20% of one's time is expected to be spent on the WIG. More about 4DX can be read on the Franklin Covey website: https://www.franklincovey.com/.

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September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Re: Campus Updates - Adirondack
« on: September 18, 2017, 04:25:30 PM »
A great deal of new construction and renovation continues into the fall. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 8 for the new Adirondack Hall building.  Work continues on the renovation of the Science Building and Warren Hall, and the construction of the Regional Workforce Readiness Center. See the college page here: http://www.sunyacc.edu/construction.

The library welcomed several new staff members:
- Emily Barber was recently hired as a part-time Reference Librarian at SUNY Adirondack. Emily holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and a BA from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to this position, she worked as the Library Services Assistant at the SUNY Adirondack Library.
- Samantha Berry completed Masters degrees in Library Science and English, as well as a BA in English, all from the University at Albany, SUNY. Sam began her academic career at SUNY Adirondack, graduating from the Liberal Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences program.
- Danielle Thomas has joined the staff as Library Specialist after working as a student assistant for several semesters. After finishing her degree this fall at SUNY Adirondack, she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology at the Plattsburgh Branch Campus on the SUNY Adirondack campus. 

During the summer, SUNY Adirondack Library conducted a large scale inventory project. The library's book and media items were checked, and Aleph catalog records were updated to match inventory results. Student workers also cleaned the bookshelves and shifted library materials, resulting in an overall neater appearance for the collection.

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Part-time reference librarian Nora Burrows has accepted a full-time position as the Youth Services Librarian at the Catskill Public Library. We wish Nora the best of luck in her dynamic new role!

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Reference librarian Kay Hafner has accepted the position of library director at the Hudson Falls Free Library. We wish Kay the best of luck in her exciting new role!

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SUNY Adirondack Library is in the beginning stages of contributing digitized items from their Wing/Roberts Collection to the New York Heritage website. SUNY Adirondack Library’s Hill Collection received the contents of the Wing/Roberts Collection in August of 2015 from Kit Cornell, a descendant of Abraham Wing, founder of Glens Falls, New York. The collection contains documents, letters, transcripts, photographs and glass plate negatives related to the Wing/Roberts Family of Glens Falls, New York.

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Emily Barber is our new Library Services Assistant. She is currently earning her Master of Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. She graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History.

Librarian Nora Burrows has increased the library's Twitter presence by actively posting and retweeting information about the library, college, local communities and events, happenings in higher education, and more.  The library's Twitter community grew from 17 followers in mid-October to 43 followers by mid-November. We now follow more than 160 people and organizations. To follow us on Twitter: @SUNYAdkLibrary. The library also continues to use Twitter to answer reference questions through LibAnswers.

Librarians Kay Hafner and Nora Burrows regular write on our blog: http://library.sunyacc.edu/blog/.

This month, the library received a new custom-made reference desk made by Technolink, distributed through DEMCO. Nora tweeted a photo here: https://twitter.com/SUNYAdkLibrary?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw. The desk was ordered as part of the library renovation this summer. The higher section of the desk can be lowered with a button to accommodate library users.

Construction has started for an NSTEM  and Workforce Readiness Center (WORC) additions to the science building at the north end of campus. The construction started with a ground-breaking ceremony in October. Occupancy of the NSTEM addition is expected in Sept. 2017. The science buildilng will also be renovated between September 2017 and finished by June 2018. The WORC will be ready for occupancy for the spring 2018 term.


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News from SUNY Adirondack:

Summer renovations are now completed in the Scoville Learning Center, home to the college's library. The library's reference desk, all books, periodicals and DVDs are now on the top floor of the building. New blue, green and gray furniture, carpeting and paint have brightened up the area. The circulation desk remains on the main floor. The library formerly occupied both the main and top floors. The college's open computer lab moved from the ground floor to the main floor. The Center for Reading and Writing and the MECS (math, engineering, computer science) Lab are located on the far end of the main floor, and share a common entrance area.
 
Library clerk Julia Rounds retired in July after 30 years at the college. She supervised the work-study students, coordinated interlibrary loan services, and assisted at the circulation desk. A search is underway for her replacement.
 
Two part-time reference librarians also retired this summer: Marsha Gettig and Michele Gottlieb.
 
Two new part-time librarians have now joined the staff: Nora Burrows and Rickele Bello.
 
Rickele Bello is our new evening reference librarian. She has worked at the elementary level since graduating from Drexel University with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences in 2014. Her professional expertise has been children’s literature and digital literacy for grade K-5. Currently she spends her days building a library program at St. Mary’s - St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School.
 
Nora Burrows received her Master of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany, SUNY in May of 2016.  Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Berea College in Berea, KY where her primary instrument was flute and secondary was voice. She is continuing musical pursuits this semester as a member of both SUNY Adirondack’s Symphonic Band and Chorale. She also worked in several other libraries while pursuing her degrees. She currently volunteers at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls in the Teen Center.

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More than 60 students from English classes at Cambridge High School in Washington County visited the SUNY Adirondack campus during the mornings of Jan. 6 and 7. Because it was during the winter break with few college students, students were able to enjoy the less-crowded library space. After an introductory tour and research session with Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller, students used library resources to research their 10-page controversial issues papers. Cambridge librarian Terese Brennan and the school's English teachers have been bringing students for a morning on our campus during winter break for several years now.
 
Dan Foote is returning to the SUNY Adirondack Library staff as a library specialist. The library staff is very happy to have him back not only for his top-notch computer skills, but more importantly, for his extremely helpful and pleasant manner.

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